It’s a bird lovers paradise here in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, and we love nothing more to share that joy with our guests. Whether you want to make an excursion focused solely on bird sightings, or you just enjoy noticing them as you do other outdoor activities, we’ve got several good spots and resources to recommend to you during your stay with us at Devonfield Inn. And the best part about it is that you can enjoy it fully while still maintaining social distancing guidelines that are so important these days! Read on for everything you need to know about birding near Devonfield Inn!
Consider attending a program headed by the Massachusetts Audubon at their Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, just about fifteen minutes from our inn. Mass Audubon offers educational opportunities about birds themselves, the local ecology our birds call home, and ways to improve your birding experiences, as well as guided bird walks, kayak tours, and even a songbird 101 class. If you can’t make it to a local program, it’s no problem–they also offer a location-specific bird checklist that you can take with you during your birding exploration to help you keep track of what you’ve found and offer ideas of what birds to be on the lookout for.
Best Birding Spots in the Berkshires
- Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary—Beyond the programs offered at this location, there are also mountain trails to explore, canoe trips to enjoy along the Housatonic River, and you might even be able to spot their active beaver colony from the Pike’s Pond viewing platform.
- Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary—This refuge offers two hiking trails that will lead you through forests and meadows, dazzling you with the variety of plants, birds, and bugs that call this area home.
- Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary—If you enjoy hiking along the water, this is the spot for you. Home to warblers, turtles, ospreys, and otters, you’re almost guaranteed to see something beautiful and interesting here along the 3 miles of mostly shaded paths.
- Tracy Brook Wildlife Sanctuary—While this wildlife sanctuary does not have trails to offer, you’ll still have the opportunity to glimpse some of the effects of the beaver activity and the wetlands they have created with their dams. Folks have also reported seeing active Great Blue Heron nests as well as bobcats, bears, and otters.
Stay with Us!
Devonfield Inn is centrally located near all the natural beauty of the Berkshires. There’s no better way to experience western Massachusetts than by staying at our beautiful property and enjoying the luxury accommodations we provide to our guests. Enjoy breakfast in our charming dining room and then soak in the songs of the birds that call our property home before you strike out on your adventures for the day. Book your stay today!